03/02/2007

Baltimore officer shoots man grabbing for his gun

By Gus G. Sentementes
The Baltimore Sun

Two plainclothes police officers patrolling for drug activity stopped a man in a West Baltimore alley yesterday, and one officer shot him after he grabbed the other officer's gun, city police said.

The officers had been assigned to the area - about two blocks from the Western District station house on North Mount Street - in response to complaints about drug dealing. About 3:40 p.m., while driving a marked police cruiser, the officers spotted a man in an alley in the 1500 block of N. Gilmor St. The officers approached to investigate, a police spokesman said.

A fight broke out between the man and one of the officers, and a preliminary investigation showed that the other officer shot the man several times after the man gained control of the other officer's gun, police said.

The man was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and his condition was not immediately available last night. The names of the man and the officers, who were placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation, were not immediately released.

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